01 Aug

Cleaning advice

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In case the term ‘spring cleaning’ makes you gasp for clean breath in the midst of so much dust, we are really sorry. After so many days of dirty boots being trampled inside the house, when things look moody at the end of long winter period, finding the courage to make your home look clean again may be very hard. However, with just a little attention and care you can make your home free of all those dirt again. We have listed some tips below that will assist you overcome this problem and enjoy the annual spring clean.

Tackle grimy carpets

The most easiest and effective method to removing the gloom from your home is by giving your soft furnishings some attention and love. After the winter season, Carpets are more likely to appear very bad;they store up dirt and dust for months, which cannot be properly clean by normal vacuum cleaners. And the only way out in this case is by making use of a professional steam cleaner, because it can help in removing old stains and make carpets more refreshed and clean. This cleaner can be hired from different places, such as dry cleaning  chains or local hire shop. You can also get some of these steam cleaners from major supermarkets. Hiring them can be by the day or through-out the weekend at different prices. Special detergents are also needed to fill up the cleaner.

Based on how far you want to go with cleaning of the house you have to set enough time apart to face the cleaning.This can take a lot of time due to the fact that such dirt requires serious cleaning and you also need to constantly empty the dirty water. Steam cleaners have more weight when compared to normal vacuum cleaners, and due to the weight, you will need to regularly take a break.If it is possible you can take the children away from the house while you carry out the cleaning. Most little kids may become afraid when they hear the noise coming out from the cleaner and also this will stop the kids from using their dirty feet to walk over the damp carpets. Normally, it is required of you to give some time to allow the dampness to dry before people start treading on the carpets.

Give upholstery a lift

Imagine the number of wear your armchairs and sofa are subjected to everyday and that is why they look a little sad in the clearer light of spring. However, making use of a little TLC, you will have upholstery that looks better. Therefore creating some time out to deal with those stains and give your chairs and sofa some good vacuum.

You can begin by removing all the pads and cushion, then make use of your vacuum cleaner to take-off all the bits and crumbs that drop down the sides. Also,you can hoover through the furniture’s main base in order to eliminate places dust has build-up. In order to get rid of stains you will require a special product for upholstery cleaning.Most of the cleaning product can be used on upholstery as well as carpets.

I think it is better to hire a professional cleaner in case your upholstery requires a more in-depth cleaning. You can hire a carpet cleaner with an upholstery attachment for just a little extra cost or hire a professional company to carry out the cleaning for you.Check out our Household Help board for more information of the available independent cleaning services close to you.

Also give your leather upholstery a thorough vacuum, and eliminate dust using a damp cloth. If you want a spring clean that is thorough you buy a specialist leather cleaning kit that can be use monthly so as make your leather looks bright always.

Your sofas and chairs can be spruce without investing so much cash through updating your cushions adding some more luxurious extra texture. You can check out some big supermarket outlet for some tasteful and lovely designs that is not too expensive.

Put the ‘swish’ back into your curtains

Most time we don’t normally pay attention to curtains in our living spaces, but if we can make look fresh and clean they can make our living room look great. Normally we should endeavour to clean our curtains two times a year. You can also make use of machine to wash these curtains. But if machine cannot be used, you will have to use professional company to dry-clean them, and this can be a little bit expensive according to the amount of fabric used. Most dry-cleaning company charge using the weight and other by the length, therefore if your curtain is long or very heavy, making use of professional dry cleaning an expensive option (although it isn’ tas costly as when you replace your curtains!)

But if you can use machine to wash your curtain, carefully use the instructions and ensure you dry them outside so that the can be hung straight and properly aired. Don’t let them dry completely; leave a little moisture so that you can get the best result when ironing. Don’t forget to keep the gathers loose in case you have curtain that is pleated at the top prior to washing them because the gathers can build up enormous amounts of dust. You can also check your curtains if there are any stains and mildew that can build up on curtains that sit on a damp patio door or window sill.

Make your windows sparkle

As spring sunlight sparkle through the window glass, but you won’t get the complete effect if there are some smears and grubby marks on the windows. Reviving your windows couldn’t be easier and the great news is that it is totally possible carry this out by making use of household products that are simple and eco-friendly. The most popular way is by using a solution of vinegar and water, applied and buffed down using newspaper. You are going to require a solution that is a combination of both vinegar and water, and the solution can be applied to the window using a chamois leather clothe and can be buffed using newspaper.

When cleaning the glass remember to pay some attention to the window sills and frames. Look for mildew which can be remove using a solution of one part bleach to one part water. You can wash down the window sills using soapy water and dry with a clean cloth.

Sleep soundly on clean bedding

Can you remember when last you cleaned your pillows and duvet? Just imagine the build-up of dead skin on your bed.Although you may own pristine sheets and covers you are not going to do them justice if both your duvet and pillows are not well fragrant. If your machine is not big enough to wash the bedding you have or if the weather is not hot for you to be able to hang out duvets and pillows, the best and cheapest method to deal with your tired bedding is by taking it to the local laundry in your area where they have a commercial-capacity machines with dryers that make it convenient for cleaning. You can also decide to pay for wash and collect services.

Or you can go for the higher cost but no hassle option of dry cleaning. Making use of an expert dry cleaning to give your bedding a very good clean, kill dust mites and allergens they produce, a great alternative if you or your partner is suffering from any respiratory problems like asthma.

Buff woodwork and remove rings

You can apply some TLC to Wood furniture periodically. If you have a pine table that is not properly kept and a side tables filled with old cups of tea,the appearance of your furniture can be improved by making use of old non-chemical products for restoring like beeswax. Beeswax is very good on unfinished surfaces like stripped pine and assist in restoring the natural beauty of untreated wood.

Also, coloured bees waxes is usually used to disguise damage done to furniture that has been treated. It can be gotten easily and also very easy to use,all you have to do is to rub a little quantity of beeswax on your furniture, allow it to stay some minutes then buff over using a cloth that is clean to bring back the shine and give your furniture an extra layer of protection.

Get that oven gleaming again

When you clean the oven,it may not possess the immediate gratification of making your windows sparkle, for instance, however, your kitchen cannot be completely clean if your oven has not been properly cleaned. You can make use of different methods to handle this job, and these methods are very easy to do.

First of all, you may have an oven that is self-cleaning. There are some controversies on the accuracy of the phrase ‘self-cleaning’, when it comes to detractors and ovens, it is believed that a self-cleaning cycle does not completely get an oven clean, and you are required to put on the oven for about 3hrs at a temperature that is very high. If you have made use of your self-cleaning cycle once, you ought to know what to expect and the level of results you will get. But for those that are carrying out the self-cleaning function for the first time, make sure you thoroughly read and adhere to the instructions very well.

If you want an easy, chemical-free option you can make use of the store cupboard lifesaver, soda Bicarbonate for the cleaning. Make use of a thick paste of the solution through-out the inside of the oven and leave it to stay overnight. Wipe-off the solution using a clean damp sponge in the morning and you will be surprised as grease and grime that has been there for month magically clear away.

But you can also hire a professional oven cleaning company to do the job for you.

Pack the winter woolies away

Open up some space inside your wardrobes and cupboards by moving those thick wool jumpers inside storage. Storage solutions for making space like zipped clothes bags and vacuum-packed bags are great for the protection of woollies. All you have to do is to just fold up your clot hinside the bags, zip the bag up and suck out the air using your vacuum, so as to compress the package to about half of its original size. Also, you delicate knits will be kept away from moths and dust.

This is the right time to clear the family’s wardrobes, and also pack up cloth that are no longer needed, either for charity or recycling, this will give your wardrobes and cupboards a breathe of new life by carrying out a good vacuum to eliminate dust in every corners. You can also wash the inside of the wardrobes and cupboard with hot soapy water if they look very dirty. After emptying them, take some time to remove all the odd socks and any worn-out and beyond repair underwear. This also applies to children clothes if you still have  age 3-4 clothes in the wardrobes when the kids are now 7, then it is time to get rid of them.

You can by some drawer liners or new padded hangers so as to make your new spring clothes look great. And in case you still have some pile of clothes you have forgotten that you should have taken to the dry cleaners, put all the clothe in a bag and drop it by the front door to enable you remember the next time you are going to the dry cleaner.

Attack the toy cupboard

If you have toys loitering everywhere in your home and now with summer very near, promise of days to spend in the garden instead of the playroom, so the best thing to do is to carry out proper rearrangement of toys in your home.

Carry out a hard-line method and if you have any toy that is bad and cannot be repaired,if possible recycled them or give send them to a children’s scrap store. You can give toys that are unbroken, usable and safe that your kids no longer use or have out-grown to the charity shop or give to a local playground or toy library. And you can also sell the unwanted toys at a car boot sale or carry out your yard sale.Yard sales are so much fun and you will be able to sell-off any household items that are no more needed that are just filling the up the loft or garage and also earn yourself some extra money!


23 Jul

Cleaning tips – Spring Green


Carrying out a full ‘spring’ home cleaning can be done anytime of the year.We just need to devote some more attention and love to our home. Ensure you read the tips in this post before you start the heavy duty and opening all the chemical cleaning products for an eco-friendly and cheap method you can sue to get your home clean and shining.

The natural difference

Many cleaning product is filled with different chemicals that can cause skin irritation and they are not also environment friendly. Now there are concerns being raised due to these chemicals effect on asthma and eczema and skin allergies.

Your kids can also safely participate using these tips, ideas and ingredients in the subsequent paragraphs and this will give you a great opportunity to show your kids how simple working with the planet is.

Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda)

Baking soda dissolves grease and can be more useful when added to lemon juice or vinegar to make them abrasive. It can also be used as for deodorising in dishwashers and fridges and as a water softener.

  • Mix together with a little water to breakdown grease and grime.
  • Apply dry on carpets to remove stains.
  • Soda Bicarbonate can be used to neutralize strong odours.
  • Make use of a damp sponge and smear on stains on general surfaces.
  • When drains are blocked pour some on the plug holes and pour some vinegar over.
  • Soda Bicarbonate also can be sprinkled on carpets prior to vacuuming them up.

Olive oil and vinegar

  • Make use olive oil to eliminate of finger marks that are on the surface of stainless steel and utensils. Apply a little on the towel and rub on the finger marks.
  • White vinegar can be used for all-purpose cleaning.  Carrying out the work of cleaning and deodorise at the same time. below are a few of its uses:
  • For bathroom and kitchen cleaning use 50/50 mixed together with water.
  • Apply an egg cup full inside your washing machine to use instead of softener. It is good for cloth or towels nappies because the coating fabric softener makes them less absorbent.
  • An amazing descaler: Soak paper towels inside vinegar, wrap them around taps, cover them using plastic bags and tighten the mouth with elastic band and leave for some hours.Your taps will become brand new.
  • Clean your windows using vinegar and water.

Lemon juice

  • Can be used to dissolve scum, especially in hard water areas. You can mix it with vinegar to form a cleaning paste that is going to eliminate tough stains and can also be used as a bleaching agent.
  • Blend a cup of olive oil with 1/2 cup of lemon juice and pour it into a spray bottle and use it as a furniture polish. Spray just a little on and rub it all over. The lemon juice will take-off the dirt,while the olive oil will make it shiny. Use a dry cloth to Buff.
  • Making use of lemon juice for microwave smells is great. Apply some slices inside a bowl of water and microwave it with high power for some minutes.
  • Mix olive oil and lemon juice together to produce furniture polish. (add twice the amount of olive oil to lemon juice)

Essential oils

  • If you soak nappies try some drops of tea tree rather than bleach.  This is going to make them last a lot longer.
  • Dispose-off your antibacterial spray and make yours using some drops of lavender, a little drops of tea tree and a few eucalyptus oil in the winter period or citronella in the summer.
  • Apply some drops of essential oil into play-dough that is home-made so that it gives good smell.  Lavender or eucalyptus in the wintertime for colds.

  More eco-friendly household tips

  • You can use a candle to eliminate smells (ensure you are careful with kids and naked flames).
  • Try making use of Eco-Balls rather than liquid or washing powder in your machine, it is good if your kid has sensitive skin.
  • Anytime you replace your white goods purchase the one that is very affordable, ‘A’ being best.
  • Make use of washing line anytime you can, however, if it is necessary you make use of the tumble use the dryer balls. They can reduce drying time and soften fabric.
  • Using a steam cleaner is an effective method of cleaning without chemicals.
  • You can use sunlight to bleach out stains.